Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young, former Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, was named Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands for the 116th Congress. Additionally, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Republican Rob Bishop announced Congressman Young’s assignment to the Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples.
“Public lands are central to our Alaskan economy, culture, and way of life.” said Congressman Young. “Since I arrived in Washington, I’ve faithfully served on the Natural Resources Committee in its various iterations. I am excited for this opportunity to keep up the fight for Alaska as Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. The Federal Government controls much of Alaska’s land, and this subcommittee’s work is central to securing Alaska’s right to protect and manage our precious lands as we see fit.”
“Alaska is shaped by the rich culture of our Native communities,” said Congressman Young. “I am grateful to Ranking Republican Rob Bishop for allowing me the chance to serve on the Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples. We have our work cut out for us, but I will use my position to continue promoting an agenda that empowers our Native communities, expands opportunities on Native land, and upholds the federal trust relationship with Alaska Natives and American Indians across the country.”
Tom Cole (R-OK) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) – co-chairs of the Native American Caucus – announced that Congressman Young will serve as a Vice Chair of the Native American Caucus for the 116th Congress. The mission of the Native American Caucus is to educate Members of Congress and create bipartisan dialogue surrounding issues of importance to Native Americans and tribal communities. Congressman Young’s role as Vice Chair comes in addition to his existing Co-Chairmanships of the House Oceans Caucus and the Wild Salmon Caucus.
“It has always been one of my highest priorities in Congress to pursue a legislative agenda that promotes economic growth, improves healthcare, and fights poverty in our Native communities,” said Congressman Young. “I am greatly looking forward to serving as Vice Chair of the Native American Caucus and participating in discussions on how best to support our first peoples. I am grateful to my colleagues on the Native American Caucus for electing me to serve as Vice Chair.”